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Author Finneman, Teri Ann, author.

Title Press portrayals of women politicians, 1870s-2000s : from "lunatic" Woodhull to "polarizing" Palin / Teri Finneman.

Publication Info. Lanham : Lexington Books, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  320.082 F514P    Check Shelf
Description vii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Women in American political history
Women in American political history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-209) and index.
Contents Politics, power, and the press -- Media vilification of Victoria Woodhull -- Media legitimization of Jeannette Rankin -- Media negligence of Margaret Chase Smith -- Media celebritization of Sarah Palin -- From Woodhull to Palin and moving forward.
Summary Recent history suggests the United States is within reach of its first woman president. This book examines the media experiences of women political pioneers who helped pave the way to the breaking of the glass ceiling. It analyzes newspaper treatment of four pioneering politicians between the 1870s and 2000s and explores how media discourse of women politicians has and hasn't changed over 150 years. The women featured are Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress; Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to receive a presidential nomination at a major party's convention; and Sarah Palin, the first Republican woman vice presidential candidate. The social, political, and journalistic cultures of each woman's era are also explored to provide context for the women's media coverage. The findings illustrate that the press has used a variety of discursive strategies to delegitimize the candidacies of women politicians throughout history, which might have contributed to negative voter attitudes toward women in politics. Gendered stereotypes, gendered news frames, and double binds utilized in news coverage served to protect a male-dominated status quo. Yet a significant finding in Palin's coverage indicates that gender bias in news coverage is increasingly facing criticism, suggesting the tide may finally be turning in favor of more equalized discourse.
Subject Women politicians -- Press coverage -- United States -- History.
Press and politics -- United States -- History.
Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Sexism in political culture -- United States -- History.
Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927 -- Public opinion.
Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973 -- Public opinion.
Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995 -- Public opinion.
Palin, Sarah, 1964- -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- United States -- History.
Discourse analysis -- Political aspects -- United States.
Standard No. 40025630117
ISBN 9781498524247 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
1498524249 (hardcover) (alkaline paper)
9781498524254 (electronic book)
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